Maggie Pritchard, LPC, NCC
I graduated in 2013 with my Master of Education in Counselor Education from Augusta University. I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor with nearly 15 years of experience assisting children and their families. I specialize in working with children and adolescents affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning difficulties, divorce, and trauma. Additionally, I have experience working with adults living with serious mental illness, chronic medical conditions, and trauma.
I like to think of myself as a person-centered cognitive therapist. Through my training and experience, I have adopted the belief that the brain, which I believe is the seat of mental illness, is an experience-dependent organ. What I mean by experience-dependent is that how the brain develops and changes over a person’s lifespan is dependent on that person’s internal and external experiences. Some experiences promote healthy brain development, while other experiences lead to a disruption in one’s mental and emotional health.
Therapy is intended to enhance one’s overall well being; but in order for therapy to be successful, there must first be a solid foundation established. That foundation, in my opinion, is a strong therapeutic relationship. Once that relationship is in place, then I am able to expose clients to experiences that will lead to better mental health. Experiences a client may encounter in therapy include:
- Ways to support good brain health
- Restructuring distorted thoughts
- Trauma-focused therapy
- Increasing feeling vocabulary
- Processing thoughts/feelings
- Guided imagery
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Diaphragmatic breathing
- Improved communication and social skills
- Anger management techniques
- Coping strategies
- Behavior management (for parents and caregivers)
- Relationship development (for parents and caregivers)
I strongly believe that all individuals, regardless of ability, diagnosis, or history, have the capacity to live a happy and productive life. By engaging individuals in healthy experiences, it is possible to produce true physiological changes in the brain, which will ultimately remediate the difficulties caused by mental health disorders.
Note to parents: I have extensive training and experience working with children affected by ASD and ADHD, which includes, though is not limited to, Relationship Development Intervention and Parent to Parent Program on ADHD. I believe that parents are the experts on their children; and thus, I collaborate with you to support the natural parent-child relationship. I operate from the perspective that all children have an innate desire to succeed and will if given a chance. Therefore, it is my goal to tap into your child’s greatest potential and ensure that skills learned in therapy are then generalized in the home and school environments.
- Children Ages 3 and up
- Cognitive Therapy
- Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy